The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course introduces students to the integration of a variety of visual media, processes and practices into visual communication projects. It explores brief definition and development, idea generation, design prototyping and project implementation and execution. It emphasises the importance of thinking, communicating and reflecting through visual forms. It explores the application of foundational design principles and elements to visual communication print, screen, and motion graphics media and highlights the similarities and differences of designing for them.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Complete basic designs for the output requirements of print, screen and motion graphic media

2. Experiment with the interplay between content, image, type and graphic elements for different design applications

3. Create design outcomes to appropriate production and presentation standards

4. Complete design projects to an acceptable production standard.

5. Visually communicate and reflect the design process


Topics will include:

  1. Brief definition and development
  2. Design prototyping, experimentation, and selection;
  3. Project execution and management;
  4. Processes, techniques and technologies print, screen and motion graphics


This course replaces DESN1150. If you have successfully completed DESN1150 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Project: Portfolio of design outcomes - 30%

Project: Group design project - 40%

Journal: Visual Design Process Journal - 20%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks starting in week 1

Weeks 1, 2, 7 and 8


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1